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From:    Kan Yabumoto           tech@xxcopy.com
To:      XXCOPY user
Subject: Tutorials in Command Line (DOS Box) Operations
Date:    2001-09-02

One of the common problems in providing a command line tool like
XXCOPY is that many computer users now do not feel comfortable with
non-GUI operation.  They prefer the comfort of drag-and-drop and
mouse clicks.  While the GUI operation is certainly more intuitive
and quicker to learn, it is not the fastest way to get job done
when the job is to handle several thousand files in hundreds of
directories.  And, that's what you have now in your humble disk!!!

We see no substitutes for command line processing especially with
batch file programming (or other scripting techniques) to automate
it.  Once you have set up a well-written script with XXCOPY commands
inside, you can make an icon for it and you will then enjoy the
comfort of clicking the icon, sit back and relax while XXCOPY is
doing the hard work.

You should at least give yourself a chance to acquire the basic
skill of exploiting the power of your computer (and it will remain
with you for the rest of your life).  The basic DOS-box skill helps
you not just for XXCOPY.  Moreover, the command line operation will
probably be there for many more generations of operating systems
(Win9x, NT/2000/XP/XP, and beyond).

The following list is a non-exhaustive collection of pointers to
tutorials in command line (DOS) operations. 


1. http://home.att.net/~gobruen/progs/dos_batch/dos_intro.html

       4-page series.  Step by step.  Good narrative tutorial.

2. http://www3.sympatico.ca/rhwatson/dos7/commandintro.html

       Good as a reference, each command is explained with
       a dedicated page with examples.

3.  http://teckies.com/tutor/dos/

       A very good site.  It is shorter than the earlier one.

4. http://www.animatedsoftware.com/faqs/learndos.htm#cd_command

       This site is shorter.  Therefore, if you are in a hurry,
       this page may be good.  But, less text per command and
       that may possibly make this page harder to learn.

5.  http://www.glue.umd.edu/~nsw/ench250/dostutor.htm

       Six lessons.  The page is text-only.  Looks good.

6.  http://cs.senecac.on.ca/~ops134/resources/commandline1.htm

       Shortest of all.


If you have seen good sites which are not listed here, please
let us know for future inclusion in this list.

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